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Santa Fe Christian Schools

Private | PK-12 | 950 students

Pursuing Excellence for Christ
 
 

 
 

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Situated in an urban neighborhood. The median home value is $702,500. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,870.

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Posted January 16, 2014

Our children both started at Santa Fe Christian last year in the 3rd and 6th grade. The school offers many wonderful opportunities to get involved. The new middle school principal is implementing some amazing new programs. The extended studies program has opened up new opportunities for the lower and middle school to get involved in many activities. The teachers have a genuine concern and interest in helping your children succeed academically, socially and spiritually. There is a wonderful community with many opportunities to get involved and meet other families.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 17, 2013

We entered the school with enthusiasm and med-high expectations which, unfortunately, have not yet been met. I was not prepared for the "hit-and-miss" quality of the teachers. There are some truly outstanding teachers but there are many more that should be of higher quality for a private school. All schools, whether public or private, have their share of poor teachers but I would have hoped that a private school such as Santa Fe would not take so long in making personnel changes. That's why we chose a private school over public - because they have the autonomy to hire and fire, tweak their curriculum and run the school according to their mission. Santa Fe moves in slow motion in some respects which puts the students at a disadvantage. There are always better improvements with each new school year, but by the time the school is where it needs to be, my kids will be long gone. I feel that some of the glowing reviews are more in relation to the faith based aspect of the education, which is outstanding. I am just one of those faithful Christians that see a bigger picture. It breaks my heart to say that I would only recommend the school with strong reservations.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 16, 2013

SFC has its pros and cons. The curriculum is limited because of the size of the school but still offers enough to keep my kids active and engaged academically. The major drawback is the inconsistency of teacher quality. If the opportunity were available, I would have had my children taught outside of the classroom (home schooled) for language and math. Some teachers are either going through the motions or appear not to have any experience working with teenagers (even though I know that is not the case). My kids feel safe at SFC, enjoy their friends and like that the school is not "too big". For the most part, there are really good kids at the school, well behaved and well mannered but some are really indulged by their parents and it shows. The faith aspect of the school has not disappointed, I think both my children are better human beings by way of going to SFC. The college counseling dept is a great asset to the school, although I am starting to have doubts about how prepared my kids will be for college. Projects to get the students thinking about careers, interviewing professionals, guest lecturers, etc. are badly needed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 14, 2013

Santa Fe Christian has been an amazing blessing to myself and my family. The Community is like family, and has supported us through many challenging family issues. My children are prayed for throughout their day, and their teachers are genuinely interested in each of them as individuals. The incredible opportunities that they are afforded are unmatched at other schools, where they can play sports, pursue the arts, go on mission trips, participate in clubs, and still get a fantastic and highly rated education. Students coming out of Santa Fe have high aspirations, and are achieving great AP scores, showing that they truly are prepared for their college work. While my kids are not and have never been part of the social "in" crowd, they are treated with respect for who they are by both their peers and teachers. I would not trade the valuable experiences they have had here for anything.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 11, 2013

SFC is a mixed bag of experiences for many people. Having graduated from Santa Fe Christian after 7 years there, I went on to attend a top tier school and felt very poorly prepared for my science classes. I struggled through my first year of classes because I didn't have the basic background knowledge that was expected of students who had taken basic high school science courses (even though I took AP Biology, Honors Chemistry and Honors Physics). Some of the teachers at SFC are excellent but others are rather sub-par. I was told that because I was going to a secular school I would become an atheist - a message that was repeated by administrators and teachers. I can honestly say that my faith has only grown stronger since going to my "secular university". In addition, do not automatically assume that because SFC is christian that bullying is not a part of the school - it never happened to me but I constantly saw it happen to my peers and teachers. SFC is a great school for some but I personally wish, in hindsight, that I had gone to a public school and saved that tuition money to pay for college and graduate school. However, my experience is not everyone's experience.


Posted May 4, 2013

My child is graduating after 13 years at SFC (lifer) and I have a freshman too. I have a very objective view despite our many years at the school. The school offers a solid, but not stellar academic experience. The high school quality is much better than the middle or lower schools. It is a classical approach to education, with a strong writing curriculum (this is essentially absent in public high schools). It isn't Bishops and TP or LCC offers more breadth of science and art. I kept my child there despite this because of the social environment and the teachers. They call it the Santa Fe bubble and at first I hated that idea. But now I see how it preserved the goodness and sweetness in my child despite our vulgar society. We just had the mother/son luncheon for seniors and the boys each read a letter to their mother. I left thinking that sending my kids to SFC is one of the best decisions of my life. The teachers in the hs are good, and are amazing role models. They honestly do care about the students in a sincere way. It is a loving and caring environment of conservative Christians offering a solid, traditional education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 23, 2013

I am a recent graduate of SFC after going there for 6 years, middle school and high school, and it was a fantastic school. The teachers actually cared about us and pushed us to do out best. The sports were great and we were able to compete with schools of all sizes. The parents were greatly iinvolved and and the school was definitely Christ centered. Overall I think this is one of the best schools in San Diego if not the best.


Posted January 30, 2013

Our son started last fall at SFCS as a freshman from public school. The difference is so drastic! He loves everything about his new home away from home. The leadership and guidance is top notch! Academics, teachers, and sports are challenging in every way. He could not be happier anywhere else! We love everything about our school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 23, 2013

My son is a sophomore and was new to Santa Fe Christian his freshman year. School is his favorite place to be for the first time in his life! The students, faculty and administration are the most warm and welcoming people we could imagine, and our son is thriving in the faith-centered environment . He is challenged academically with honors and college prep classes and outstanding teachers. The cross country program, clubs, concert band, pep band and bible study groups keep him very busy and happily immersed in this wonderful school. We have met with his college counselor several times to help him choose classes as well as begin his college search process, and the college counselors are dedicated to providing us with lots of information and guidance. We receive prompt return phone calls in response to any questions we have.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 22, 2013

We have two children that attend SFC, a 10th grade girl and a 7th grade son. We love SFC because the teachers, administration & parent community reinforce the values we follow at home. Our children are getting an outstanding education. They both have grown to love math through the excellent teachers. One of our kids loves sports and has found many opportunities to play. Our other child is not into sports as much and has found several clubs to get involved with. If you are looking for a Christian community that also has a challenging academic environment, we highly recommend you check out Santa Fe Christian.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 22, 2013

I have two children that attend SFC. On is a Junior & the other a Freshman. Both children are very different, yet have flourished at SFC each in their own interests. SFC develops and encourages students in their personal faith with Jesus, in addition to having excellent academic and sports programs too. When we first looked at SFC, we wondered if it would really be able to offer oldest child,who is a high-achiever, the challenging course work we thought she would need. Over the course of almost three years, we can say that she has been well challenged. SFC really offers big school opportunities in a small school setting.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 19, 2013

We have two children at SFC, a senior boy and sophomore girl, and we couldn't be happier with the rigorous curriculum, bible curriculum, spiritual guidance and support, and overall partnership from the faculty and administrators. The teachers at SFC truly love their jobs, care about their students, pray for them regularly, and help them recognize their gifts and encourage them to pursue their passions. Our son will graduate with 7 AP classes under his belt (of his 4 last year, he passed all AP tests with three 4's and one 3) and received early admittance from his college of choice. We love the SFC community, the administrators and board seem to be good stewards of this blessed school and have made some wise financial decisions in the past several years, helping us get to a healthy place; there are plenty of volunteer ops, it's really one giant family. We are so thankful for SFC!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 19, 2013

I graduated from Santa Fe Christian Schools after nine years there as an elementary, middle, and upper school student. My experience at SFC is one of the things I am most grateful for in life it was worth every penny my parents spent to send me there. SFC is an incredible school with an amazing balance of academics, athletics, arts, spiritual development, and social life. As a student, I knew nearly every teacher on campus, and more importantly, I knew those teachers cared about me and would go out of their way to support my growth spiritually and academically. I have since graduated from college and graduate school and I felt very well prepared by SFC. The alumni network is strong and I am still very close to many of my classmates. My parents often remarked that the school changed their lives too, and the parent community is one of the school s strongest assets. While no school is perfect, I cannot imagine having a better experience anywhere else. If you are even thinking about sending your child to SFC, I encourage you to visit the school you will feel the difference just by spending an hour on campus!


Posted January 18, 2013

My son attended Santa Fe Christian 9th - 12th grades and had a wonderful experience. His only regret was that he didn't get involved in more things other than sports. SFC is unique in that it offers small classes and personal attention from the teachers yet it allows students the opportunities to be involved in the arts, sports, academics etc... much like a much bigger school. As parents we were pleased with his overall experience and have recommended the school to several freinds and neighbors.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 17, 2013

I have been attending SFC since preschool(go lifers) and I love it so much! I love the environment at SFC and it is a great place to learn! I love being able to share my faith with now only my classmates but also my teachers! SFC has taught me so much and I wouldn't be happy not being able to go to SFC. SFC is so nice and the teachers are very good and are very helpful. I am so glad that I am apart of Santa Fe Christian Schools!


Posted January 16, 2013

Amazing school that lives out it's Christian mission daily. They provide solid academic challenge, sports programs which develop the athlete and leadership, great music and art programs while encouraging students to be Christian leaders. I like the size of the high school but wish a few more electives were offered. My desire to have a confident, happy, spiritually enriched, academically challenged and successful student has been met and fulfilled at SFC.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 12, 2012

Overpriced for the quality of education. If you want to go to a school that is premier in both sports and academics, check out Bishops, La Jolla Country Day or Francis Parker, SFC simply cannot compete overall with those schools academically.


Posted November 30, 2011

I can only speak to the lower school, but I love the sense of community that's found in this school. Students, teachers and parents are loving towards one another that's beyond anything I've seen in other schools. What's more is that teacher's are attentive and engaging and the principal is completely hands on (in a good way!) and well informed. She knows all "her kids." I am continually impressed by the quality of instruction and how the kids are gently encouraged to achieve beyond their comfort zone.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 21, 2011

My two daughters started attending SFCS in middle school and my older one is in now in 10th grade. Academically, the school is excellent. The entire curriculum is designed so that all graduating students are eligible to attend a UC school About 40% of the graduating class apply and are accepted in UC schools with many being accepted into the top schools in the US. But that is not what gets me excited about SFCS. It is the culture. The staff, teachers and students really seem to have both a heart for God and each other. Kids are very encouraging to each other and respectful to adults. I volunteered to chaperone at the 8th grade field trip to Washington DC and I was very, very impressed with how the kids behaved. I think it is worth the tuition I pay because I believe that at SFCS my kids are maturing in a way where I think they are going to be the kind of adults that most people will want to be around. And the kind of adults that will make a difference in the lives of the people with whom they interact. I'd work two jobs to keep them there!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 10, 2011

My 6th and 8th graders started at SFC this year and we are absolutely delighted. The school makes a great effort to connect new students and families with existing students, including a "buddy" family to help answer questions and to help introduce the new students around. Of course we love the small class sizes, and the students are held to very good academic standards. The homework seems appropriate and I never feel like the students are just getting "busy work". The teachers genuinely care about the students and several have gone out of their way to help my kids or talk to me about opportunities that might help them grow. There is also an "Advisory" class, where students are in a gender and grade specific class for a short time each day--the teacher can address any questions or issues the students have, or discuss what they learned in the weekly chapel. And the chapels are webcast so parents can "attend" and see the same message the kids are getting. We especially love that Christian teachings are integrated into every class, not just as one separate Bible or Religion class. We changed over from a public school and from the first moment we have felt comfortable and welcome.
—Submitted by a parent


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 89% 26%
Hispanic 5% 52%
Black 1% 6%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 1%
Two or more races 0% 3%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

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Librarian/media specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Nurse(s)
Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
Reading specialist(s)
Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
Security personnel
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Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • Blue Ribbon School from Department of Education (2011)

Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • None - the school offers no services

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Science lab

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
Visual arts
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Photography
Music
  • Band
  • Chamber music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
  • Rock band
Performing and written arts
  • Drama
  • Improv
Media arts
  • Computer animation
  • Technical design and production
  • Video / Film production

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Advanced placement courses
  • Honors track
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School basics

School start time
  • 7:50 am
School end time
  • 2:45 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • Dr. Tom Bennett
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 3 years old
Gender
  • Coed
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Christian
Associations
  • ACSI
Fax number
  • (858) 755-2480

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Advanced placement courses
  • College prep
  • Honors track
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Religious
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

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  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • None - the school offers no services
Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • None

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • College counselor(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
  • Security personnel
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Chapel/spiritual reflection center
  • College/career center
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Playground
  • Science lab
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Flag football
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Power lifting / Weight lifting
  • Skiing
  • Soccer
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
  • Water polo
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Equestrian
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Skiing
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Water polo

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Photography
Music
  • Band
  • Chamber music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
  • Rock band
Performing arts
  • Drama
  • Improv
Media arts
  • Computer animation
  • Technical design and production
  • Video / Film production
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School culture

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  • Uniforms
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
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838 Academy Drive
Solana Beach, CA 92075
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Phone: (858) 755-8900

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